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Old Mar 15, 2004, 04:47 AM   #1
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Interesting little story from The Daily Mirror( link for the story )

BEATLES MYSTERY MAN REVEALED





By Anthony Harwood Us Editor In New York



HE wasn't a fan and still doesn't know any of their songs, but Paul Cole can now be revealed as part of Beatles history.

The retired American salesman, 92, has finally admitted he was the "extra Paul" on one of the group's most famous album covers, Abbey Road.

Taken in August 1969, the photograph enjoys iconic status - and Mr Cole is the one next to the black police van, just behind John Lennon's head.

He said: "I was on holiday in London with my wife and I told her, 'I've seen enough museums. You go on, take your time and I'll see you later'.

"I saw this police van and I went over. I must have been talking to the policeman for about half an hour.

"I then saw these four guys walking across the street like a line of ducks.

"A bunch of kooks I called them because they all had long hair and one of them was even barefoot."

Mr Cole had no idea who they were or that they were being photographed.

It wasn't until six months later, back at home in America, he found out.

"My wife used to play the organ and a couple wanted her to play a song off the album at their wedding.

"I saw the album and I recognised myself right away. I had a new sports jacket on and I'd just bought new shell-rimmed glasses. I said to my children, 'get a magnifying glass out and you'll see me'." Mr Cole, who lives in Florida, used to tell his friends that "my picture is in millions of houses".

But no one else had a clue who he was - until now. Yet despite being forever linked to the album, he has never actually listened to Abbey Road.

"It's still brand new in its sleeve," he said. "I couldn't name a single song."

At the time, though, his children were delighted. "They blew up pictures for their bedroom walls which they got me to sign as a joke," he said.

The famous shot was taken by photographer Iain McMillan.

The Fab Four were pictured on a pedestrian crossing outside their studio in Abbey Road, North London. It was the last album they recorded.

When it appeared, the picture sparked rumours that Paul McCartney was dead. As well as being barefoot he was out of step with the rest of the group.

Fans also pointed to the number plate of a Beetle car parked on the left which ended: "28IF". McCartney would have been 28 if he had died that year.

But Mr Cole does at least know Macca is very much alive. "If you ever see the Beatle, tell him he's a wonderful guy."
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 06:04 AM   #2
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Yeah, I'd always wondered about that bloke!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 01:13 PM   #3
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Heh, he's also part of a Paul is Dead clue. See my site for further information [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 01:21 PM   #4
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I never even noticed there was someone there lol!
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 01:25 PM   #5
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Well, now all we have to do is find out who the other people between Paul and George are.

In a side note Paul is not dead. But William Campbell is. See Paul won a William Campbell look a like contest and rumours of his death sprang from that. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] *

Now, How many of you believe me as I say that?
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Old Mar 15, 2004, 01:59 PM   #6
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In a side note Paul is not dead. But William Campbell is. See Paul won a William Campbell look a like contest and rumours of his death sprang from that. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] *
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">lol
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Little did Paul Cole realize that he was watching musical history being made. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 03:26 PM   #8
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Good detective work.
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 04:32 PM   #9
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Interesting Story! I always wanted to know who that man was, and what where he doing there
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 05:34 PM   #10
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Cool, I'm so glad we finally know!!
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Old Mar 16, 2004, 08:34 PM   #11
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Very interesting story! Thanks for posting [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Mar 20, 2004, 01:03 AM   #12
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Great. Now I can sleep at night.
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Old Mar 31, 2004, 03:44 AM   #13
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Well, now all we have to do is find out who the other people between Paul and George are.
<font size="2" face="Tahoma, Arial, sans-serif">From Keith Badman's 'The Beatles: Off the Record' (p.459/460): -

'On (the) left-hand side of the street, seen above Paul's head, are three men in white overalls...

Mrs N. C. Seagrove: 'It wasn't until years after the 'Abbey Road' LP was produced that my husband discovered he is on the album cover. Derek was 31, and working for the decorating firm Fassnidge, Son & Morris, based in Uxbridge, when the picture was taken. He's the one on the right of the three men in white overalls on the left-hand pavement. The other two are his work-mates, Alan Flanagan and Steve Millwood. They were doing a decorating job in Abbey Road studios and were coming back after a lunch break when the picture was taken. They hung around just to be nosey. Derek thought if it was used, he and his mates would be edited out.'

While, on the right-hand-side pavement, pictured between Ringo and John, stands a very tall man...

Jo Poole: 'At 21, I was a dedicated Beatles fan, and bought the 'Abbey Road' album the moment it was released. As soon as I saw the cover, I shouted, 'That's my brother, Tony.' He was 33, and was very distinctive at six feet four inches tall. Tony Staples was his name and he lived in Scott Ellis Gardens, near Abbey Road, and regularly saw the occasional Beatle, though catching a glimpse of all four Beatles together was rare, even in Abbey Road. He was on his way to work as an administrative secretary for the National Farmers Union on the Friday morning when that photo was taken. I used to travel regularly from my home in Gloucestershire to visit Tony in St. John's Wood, and I remember him pointing out Paul McCartney's house.'
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 05:56 PM   #14
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Me either lol! But interesting story!
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It sure is an interesting story! It's good to know who the Mystery Man is.
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 06:30 AM   #16
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It sure is an interesting story! It's good to know who the Mystery Man is.

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Yeah it is! And he lives in Florida...
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Great. Now I can sleep at night.

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Old Dec 09, 2004, 02:05 AM   #18
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i've always wondered about the man in the background. I wonder where the white mini is now.
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Old Dec 09, 2004, 05:57 AM   #19
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Interesting find and all, but I can't believe we're still talking about this guy!
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Old Dec 10, 2004, 05:47 AM   #20
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Well knowing that opens up a new world for me. I really dont pay attention to who any extra people are. Good bit of trivia though!
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